Do the lies of the enemy touch the insecurities of your heart? They do mine!
I’ll be going along just fine, and then BAM! There it is… The voice that cunningly states, “If you were a good (wife, mom, Christian) you would or wouldn’t do (this or that)”
The voice goes on to say that “I am a failure, I’m not good enough, I am unloved and unlovable.” It is always certain to strike the cords of my deepest insecurities.
When I am weary or weak it is easy to allow the words to seep in to these insecurities and take root. All it takes is a little nudge and I quickly take up the dialog myself. I mount a case against myself pointing out all of my shortcomings and failures.
- I’m not loving to my husband or don’t appreciate the things he does. ~I am a failure as a wife
- I yell at my kids, make food they don’t like, or forgot to wash their clothes. ~I am a failure as a mother
- I choose to do something else instead of sitting down and write, then can’t remember what God placed on my heart earlier. ~ I am a failure at what God has called me to do
- I don’t spend time with my parents and allow other obligations keep me away. ~I am a failure as a daughter
- I fail miserably to represent to love of God, or don’t spend time in His Word. ~I am a failure as a Christian
Or… I can respond the way Jesus did when the voice of the enemy came at Him in His identity as the Son of God.
Even though Jesus was weary from being in the wilderness and having no food or drink, He didn’t allow the enemy’s words to take root in His life. Insecurities weren’t a factor, because He KNEW who He was. He also knew how to fight the words that came against Him.
Each time the enemy tempted Jesus (see Luke 4:1-12), He countered the enemies words and taunts with the truth of God’s Word.
“NO! The Scriptures say…”(v4)
“The Scriptures say…” (v8)
“The Scriptures also say…” (v 12)
He fought the lies of the Satan with the Word of God! What is even more amazing is that immediately after this exchange with the enemy, Jesus stated boldly who God says He is and DOES what God has called Him to do.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that the captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19, NLT
I pray that each of our default responses to the voice of the enemy become, “No! The Word of God says…”
What lies does the enemy want you to believe about yourself? What has God called you to do that the lies are keeping you from accomplishing?
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Love this post. I have notes all around these verses in my Bible about how to fight back against the words of the enemy. I love that EVEN JESUS didn’t fight back in His own strength and with His own words — which would have been phenomenal — but He turned to the words of His (our) Father. Singularly amazing to me.
Thanks Shelby… I completely MISSED that Jesus did have the authority on His own, but used that of His(our) Dad! Too AMAZING! God. Is. Good.
SUSAN SHIPE says
If the lousy devil fed you lies about not being gifted enough to re-design a new blog site – he sure lied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking good, lady!!!
Thank you…I’ve heard PLENTY, and tech stuff is definitely a place of insecurity for me. Thanks for dropping by!
~ linda says
Yes…the Word does indeed say… Oh that I will remember this when I hear those ‘other words.’ I surely do hear them way too often and believe them way too often. Thank you for this today. I have been blessed.
Thanks for dropping by Linda. I pray God’s truths trump the enemy’s lies in your life.
Lisa notes says
I’ve been letting myself belief the lies that the sin of pride in me is never overcomable. But in Christ there is no condemnation! And the Spirit in me will continue to work in me until he makes me perfect in his will. Thanks for this encouragement today, Tammy. Just what I need.
I am always humbles when God uses what I write to touch hearts with His truth. Praying for you as you allow Him to become BIGGER. Thanks for dropping by. Hope to see you again soon.
Lyli @ 3dlessons4life.com says
Welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday! This is solid, and I am so glad I got a little kick in the pants today by reading your words. Time to get my #ArmorOn!
I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.
Lyli, thanks for the kind words. I love when God uses my obedience to “kick others in the pants” 😉 Looking forward to being a part of the community.
Excellent word my friend. and yes, I love the new look! its very refreshing
Thanks Mary. I’m glad you like it. Hope you are blessed by the messages here.
Sid Holzheimer says
The devil is a liar and a deceiver. One of his greatest schemes is to bring people into bondage through his lies. If you do not believe his lies it does not effect you. But when you come into agreement with a lie, you come under the power of that lie. Thank you for the encouraging comments! I am glad that you are being blessed and encouraged by the articles and sermons on my website. May the Lord continue to reveal truth to you that brings freedom, and may you experience His love and power even more!
Thank you for stopping by. I’m honored to walk the path of faith with you.
Yes, we must, MUST lean on Scripture alone and not the lies of the enemy! Thank you for pointing us back to the Savior!
Julie, It can be difficult sometimes. I pray the truth of scripture is always louder than the enemies lies.